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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Rolags the Kids Built on: April 28, 2014 09:11:43 AM


Last night, I decided to play with my fiber blending board and let my 7 year old pick out the colors. By the time we got everything out, all four of my children decided they needed to be involved. So I let them all pick some colors they thought should go into the rolags (it is all Sheep Shed Studio Dye Soppers). I had intended that to be the extent of their help, but they had other ideas. While I was putting away the fiber they did not choose, they started loading up the board. The two year old was especially into this part. They didn't help much beyond the first layer of the first batch, but they had fun.



I wasn't too sure about the colors when they chose them, but I think the rolags turned out pretty. Not sure how it will look when I spin them up, but that's okay.
32  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Nests of Fiber on: April 25, 2014 02:22:49 PM




These are some little nest of fiber that I made last month using my blending hackle.

The blue/green ones (which I love) are made from some unknown wool in a sage color, Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks in Tidepool Heather, some green firestar, some angelina flash fiber is a greenish blue, and some mohair locks that had been dyed aqua.

The yellow and green ones (which I don't really like but my husband loves) are made with some green corriedale, unknown wool in yellow, golden rod colored Firestar, and some green, and some orange angelina flash fiber.
33  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Watermelon and Sunny Day Rolags on: April 25, 2014 06:56:47 AM




I recently got an Ashford blending board and decided to play with it and some Sheep Shed Studio dye soppers. I love how both turned out.

Unfortunately, several of the watermelon rolags went the way of a 2 year old finding fun fluffy fiber to pull to pieces.

For the sunny day rolags I picked out the yellow and let my six year old son pick out the others. He wanted to add blue and white. The reason there is a bit of black is because the white was Sheep Shed Studio Mill end roving that had thin strips of black in it occasionally. I think it turned out well.
34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fanny the Fiber Squirrel on: April 01, 2014 08:30:07 AM
Last week, during the middle of the night, I heard some soft rustlings. Figuring it was the wind, I rolled over and went back to sleep. The next morning, I went into my craft room to grab something, and was surprised to see someone had moved in!





Her name is Fanny, and apparently she is a nut for fiber.

Here she is curled up in a cozy fiber nest.


Hanging out with some bobbins.


Mostly though, she likes to hang out on the top shelf were she can survey the whole room. From her perch she enjoys dictating what colors and fibers I put into the blends I am making. She especially loves to critique my spinning. If she were bigger, she'd probably try to take over the spinning herself!


(Fanny was made from a Gingermelon pattern on Etsy.)
35  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hartfield Garden Lap Quilt on: March 24, 2014 11:09:37 AM
I made this quilt for my aunt using several charm packs in Hartfield by Moda. The pattern I used is the Sugar Garden Throw Quilt found on Moda Bake Shop. I did it slightly different as I was using charm packs and not a layer cake, but it's basically the same.



36  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Blue and Purple Picot Necklace on: January 12, 2014 02:00:22 PM
I haven't done any bead weaving in a long time, but was suddenly in the mood. Luckily for me, I got a gift certificate to the local bead store for Christmas. So the next time my husband and I went on a date we ended up at the bead store. I thought he was going to be bored out of his mind, but he was really helpful and actually picked out most of the beads for me.

The necklace is the Picot Necklace from Beaded Allure by Kelly Wiese.

The whole thing:


Close up:


And the clasp:


(Sorry the pictures are so big. I'm not sure why.)
37  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Patched Knees on: December 30, 2013 06:07:15 PM
My little girl wore holes in the knees of two of her jeans, so I decided to patch them.



And a close-up of my favorite pair.
38  COOKING / Dessert / Yarn Ball Cake on: December 30, 2013 06:01:27 PM


My friend who is an avid crocheter turned 30 in November and her husband threw her a surprise party and asked me to make the cake.

I had originally planned on a ball cake decorated to look like a ball of yarn, but then I came across a baby shower cake similar to the one I made, and changed my mind. 

In the original cake I believe they wrapped Styrofoam balls with yarn, but I just made small yarn balls and glued a coffee stirrer inside it. Then I used gum paste to make a crochet hook.

The cake itself was a boxed German chocolate mix. Between the layers I spread cool whip and sprinkled it with chocolate toffee bits. The frosting was marshmallow butter cream with almond flavoring instead of vanilla.
39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yvonne Neck Warmer on: December 30, 2013 05:55:51 PM
Several years ago I bought the Yvonne Neck Warmer Pattern and some yarn intending to make a Christmas present for my sister-in-law. That never happened and I've had the yarn sitting in my stash since then. Then this year I moved from the warm south to the cold north and decided it was high time I made the neck warmer.

40  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Ribbon and Bow Hat on: December 30, 2013 05:52:07 PM

A little while ago I was in the mood to crochet. So I found a cute pattern online at Classy Crochet, grabbed some yarn from my stash, and made this cute thing. It wasn't quite as long as I wanted for my little girl, so I ended up giving it to my niece.
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